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Need some help with the external parts of this build.

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July 30, 2010 4:10:29 AM

Posted a week or so ago asking about what motherboard I should get for my new build. Got some good advice, so I'm back with a few more questions.

Here is what my build will be:

CPU - Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 -

Motherboard - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 -

Video Card - GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 -

Memory - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) -

SSD - Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II -

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache -


PSU - SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W -

Now, I need to decide on some of the external parts.

Speakers - I wanna go with a 2.1 set. Would like the cleanest sound I can get, willing to spend about 70 bucks on speakers.

Mouse/Keyboard - I'd like to go wireless for the mouse, but I could go wired I guess. Mainly I'm just trying to avoid wire clutter. I'll be gaming, so I dunno how well wireless goes with that, I've never had a wireless set. Any advice?

Monitor - I was looking at some 27inch monitors, but I hear going this big can lead to frame rate drops in games. I 1920x1080. So I guess my main concerns would be it being to big and if it gives any problems for gaming with a screen this big. I could easily go 23-25 inches as well, just wanna know what the best quality monitors out there are for gaming. I'd be willing to spend up to 300 on monitors, maybe 350.

If I need to give anymore info to help you guys help me, then lemme know. Thanks again!!

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July 30, 2010 5:11:52 AM

Speakers -
Logitech Speaker System Z523 with Subwoofer

KB and Mice
Wireless Desktop MK700 from Logitech®

Monitor -
ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P
If you want a LED backlit, and a good looking monitor
SAMSUNG XL2370-1 Charcoal Gray 23" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight

Now as for the parts,
If it is going to be a gaming PC, then IMO the i5 760 would suffice...

And any specific reason for that case ??
You can save good money with this CASE + PSU and both are of high quality too...
Lian-Li K62 + XFX 650W

RAM - Get a better timing one...

SSD - Check this one -
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III - With the SATA III interface, it would offer very good speeds...

Also with the money saved, you can add 1 more GTX 460 in SLI...
July 30, 2010 5:36:00 AM

Thanks, I'll end up getting those speakers and mouse/keyboard.

I think I'd like to go a bit bigger on the monitor though. Any suggestions on 25inch or 27inch?
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August 9, 2010 1:36:38 AM

Best answer selected by perpetualrei.
August 9, 2010 1:53:57 AM

At 80 GB, the best bet is the Intel X25-M you selected. At smaller sizes, go for an OCZ Vertex 2. Unlike other SSDs (the C300 included), the controller used in the Vertex 2 does not lose speed as you decrease the size of the disk.

To address your original question about the monitor, getting a larger-sized screen doesn't affect the fps. It's only increasing the resolution that does so. A 30" 1920x1080 monitor, a 24" 1920x1080 monitor, and a 17" 1920x1080 monitor will all have the same fps with the same graphics card. A 24" 1920x1080 monitor and a 24" 1680x1050 monitor with the same card will have different fps. That being said, a 460 should be adequate for most games at 1920x1080.

If this is a gaming build, do you really need the i7-860? The hyperthreading offered by the i7 (compared to the i5-750) doesn't do anything for games.